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demon drummer
stoke
383 posts
Reg: 6/3-11
Posted: 2012-07-18 19:28
I would be intrested if you fellow demonites have ever met any of your musical heroes,and if so were you pleased or did you feel let down by them not living upto your expectations.

I myself have been lucky enough to meet and chat with many of mine thanks to the band being on the same bill or in the same hotel as them,DAVE MENEKETTI LEONARD HAZE AND PHIL KENNEMORE OF Y AND T to name three all of them were top top people to meet and couldnt have been more down to earth,in a previous post andy dale said he met jon lord who was also according to andy a top bloke.

I get the feeling some people in bands get slightly carried away with the whole rock star thing coverdale and tiny bruce dickinson to name a couple shutting themselves away from the rest of the band in some cases which i allways find very strange....

DAZZ
STOKE ON TRENT
95 posts
Age: 45 years
Reg: 8/2-07
Posted: 2012-07-18 20:09   » Website   » Email
I did meet Bruce Dickinson up Hanley duck in 1997 and he was a let down, Adrian Smith on the others and was an absolute star, we chatted about his then solo project Psycho Motel. Twisted Evil
demon drummer
stoke
383 posts
Reg: 6/3-11
Posted: 2012-07-18 21:56
We were invited down to the hard rock cafe as they had asked clive burr to donate his big white tama kit he used on the early tours...they paid him well of course for it mike stone sloped over to bruce introduced himself,as the demon manager ..bruce said he had never heard of us ha ha he then walked of ....perhaps mikes size scared him

GOUDG
Kidsgrove Stoke On Trent Staffordshire England
339 posts
Age: 54 years
Reg: 8/5-06
Posted: 2012-07-18 22:51   » Email
I met and had the privelege of walking to the cinema in Hanley with Dave Hill of slade a few years back when my gill payed for a ticket to see slade for my birthday,I've always held a set of questions to ask Dave if I ever met him I forgot about them and was starstruck making a total ass of myself,also met Dio in Hanley and chatted for 5 minutes with him on his holy diver tour. also spoke with Ian gillan in Hanley on his magic tour and john McCoy on the same evening I also got to meet & chat with Tony Iommy and Neil Murray when black Sabbath came to Hanley on the tyr tour they were doing a signing session in Mike lloyds record store before the gig,the gig was cancelled as Cozy got a bout of the flu if my memory serves me correctly
[Edited 2012-07-18 23:15]
demon drummer
stoke
383 posts
Reg: 6/3-11
Posted: 2012-07-19 11:07
Isnt it funny how even as grown man you still get starstruck by meeting your heroes,you try to be cool then end up talking crap ha ha ...i was the same when i met meneketti for the first time..

You have so many questions you want to ask them in your head you end up like a stalker nutter,plus theres a line of pretty girls behind you ,eyes burning into the back of your head wanting you to eff off out of the way ....

GOUDG
Kidsgrove Stoke On Trent Staffordshire England
339 posts
Age: 54 years
Reg: 8/5-06
Posted: 2012-07-19 12:09   » Email
Yeah it is funny thinking about it now I'm guessing Dave Hill must have been thinking he was stuck with the equivalent of jasper carrots nutter on the bus lol

Giles
Cheshire
746 posts
Reg: 5/5-06
Posted: 2012-07-20 08:34
By 'heroes', I suppose you mean 'people you greatly admire' rather than some noble/divine being - although the public of today put those people in that character.

I have met a few musicians I admire (Dave Hill and Steve Watts to mention a couple) and held normal conversations with them as though they were/are the pleasant human beings that they are - amazing!!
[Edited 2012-07-20 08:36]
demon drummer
stoke
383 posts
Reg: 6/3-11
Posted: 2012-07-20 10:40
HEROES...someone musically who at a young age you cannot stop playing the albums,cannot imagine they could reproduce the albums live ,think that they are a god and can do no wrong...this giles is a hero ...you have to have a soul also ...its a feeling you get ...

GOUDG
Kidsgrove Stoke On Trent Staffordshire England
339 posts
Age: 54 years
Reg: 8/5-06
Posted: 2012-07-20 11:03   » Email
Yep spot on Neil,I will never forget meeting those rock stars such as Tony Iommi,Dio,Ian Gillan and Both Dave Hills and other Demon members,all have that down to earth your my equal and I will treat you with the respect you deserve taking time out to speak to fans in a positive friendly way and not thinking themselves above others because of thier fame attitude. They produce music purely and simply because music is thier passion in life and They enjoy being on stage and interacting with fans,the cash being a welcome extra.

Other musicians such as Rick allen who has a passion for music thats has drove him to continue playing despite servere injury only having one arm,Ronnie Dio Who despite suffering from Cancer still persisted in performing on stage and recently Tony Iommi doing the same thing all for the love of music and the fans who helped put them in the positions they are in today those are the heroes for me personally Smile
[Edited 2012-07-20 11:06]
Sam
Perth Western Australia
16 posts
Reg: 8/5-08
Posted: 2012-07-20 16:05
Met Ian Gillan and Mick Underwood and had a chat and a beer before a gig in Canberra many moons ago. Nice guys. great show.

Met Mick Box (Uriah Heep) also in Canberra before a gig at a very packed Workers Club. An absolute gentleman.

Have also met members of the Angels. Doc Neeson jumped on my head from the PA LOL!

Don't know if you've heard of Buffalo (Oz 70's HM band) but my Mum worked with lead singer Dave Tice. Dave also sang for UK band Count Bishops. Genuine guy. Still does pub gigs singing mainly blues.
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Khosa
Crawley
32 posts
Age: 55 years
Reg: 17/4-07
Posted: 2012-07-21 00:50
Have met and chatted with our Dave a few times (as many others on this forum have - says it all about Dave really). Have also had the pleasure of chatting with Tim Reid (now with Limehouse) and Ray Walmsley. Just need to catch up with the rest of the band....

Have also met and talked with Roye Albrighton, Ron Howden and the other current members of Nektar (quality prog-rock band heralding from way back in the early '70s).

Agree with comments about Mick Box (above) - brief chat with him in the middle of the reception of the South African Broadcasting Studios in 1995.

Favourite moment has to be sharing a pint of vodka & orange with Lemmy back in '83 (Perfect Day tour).
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demon drummer
stoke
383 posts
Reg: 6/3-11
Posted: 2012-07-21 09:55
HA HA ACE a pint of vodka and orange

Giles
Cheshire
746 posts
Reg: 5/5-06
Posted: 2012-07-22 17:52
HEROES...someone musically who at a young age you cannot stop playing the albums,cannot imagine they could reproduce the albums live ,think that they are a god and can do no wrong...this giles is a hero ...you have to have a soul also ...its a feeling you get ...


The fact that you make them God proves that you don't have a developed and evolved soul Neil.

The ironic thing here really is that I am aware that we all indeed have a soul, and that it is not just a figure of speach - unlike someone such as yourself Neil.
demon drummer
stoke
383 posts
Reg: 6/3-11
Posted: 2012-07-22 21:13
TIT

GOUDG
Kidsgrove Stoke On Trent Staffordshire England
339 posts
Age: 54 years
Reg: 8/5-06
Posted: 2012-07-22 22:33   » Email
Giles wrote:
HEROES...someone musically who at a young age you cannot stop playing the albums,cannot imagine they could reproduce the albums live ,think that they are a god and can do no wrong...this giles is a hero ...you have to have a soul also ...its a feeling you get ...


The fact that you make them God proves that you don't have a developed and evolved soul Neil.

The ironic thing here really is that I am aware that we all indeed have a soul, and that it is not just a figure of speach - unlike someone such as yourself Neil.


Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Giles
Cheshire
746 posts
Reg: 5/5-06
Posted: 2012-07-23 11:45
You can 'zzzz' Kevin, but it is Neil that is perpetuating this, not me - I am just responding.

You and he don't understand that I know full well what a 'hero' means to people like you.

GOUDG
Kidsgrove Stoke On Trent Staffordshire England
339 posts
Age: 54 years
Reg: 8/5-06
Posted: 2012-07-23 12:06   » Email
Hmmmmm Vodka and orange now if you had said Jack Daniels I would join you in a tipple at the blacksmiths Very Happy

Khosa
Crawley
32 posts
Age: 55 years
Reg: 17/4-07
Posted: 2012-07-23 20:16
Lemmy's choice not mine....I would have gone with a good old Guinness! Very Happy

(Unfortunately can't make the Blacksmith's - on holiday with the kids - have to wait until the next UK gig)

Space Dog
Barmstedt
196 posts
Age: 53 years
Reg: 3/5-06
Posted: 2012-09-16 04:06   » Email
Hi guys,

i have been thinking about posting my input to this topic for a few days because i don´t think it is quite spectacular, but here is a little bit of my personal experience concerning musical "heroes":

1. first of all i like to mention my wife. She can´t sing, but she is doing it every day. And i really love her "la la la lam" singing in the car or in our bedroom without any musical tembre... Very Happy
But it´s her, non-filtered and natural intention while she´s loving music (all kinds, from Lady Gaga to Megadeth... her favourite is Waltari - she loves Kertsy and his extremely extroverted style (don´t know if this word really exists, but i am sure you know what i mean if you know Waltari from Finland))

2. when i was at the age of 18 me and a friend met Peter Baltes and Wolf Hoffmann from Accept at the legendary "Onkel Pö" in Hamburg at a Blues Concert of Champion Jack Dupree (this guy was about 90 years that time but played the piano like a young god on XTC). While Mr. Hoffmann was´nt really interested in his fans, Peter spent the whole evening together with us, standing in the middle of the crowd loudly screaming "Motörhead, Motörhead". We had a nice day.

3. A few weeks earlier there was a heavy metal week at the LOGO in Hamburg (our Demon mates, especially Dave knows that club). I´ve been there every night while my Mum was next door at a wine pub trying to catch a new husband, ha ha ha... not an easy time for both of us ... Smile
I´ve seen a lot of forthcoming top-metal bands there like Bullet (nice guys, good conversation), Helloween (one of the first concerts with Kay Hansen), Grave Digger and ... WARLOCK. Warlock had just released their first record and i have a completely autographed gig-Poster and the drumsticks plus some plecs from their guitarist. (OK i had them... don´t know if i will ever find it in my chaos),
But after the show i shared a beer with pretty young Doro Pesch. And she really behaved as her known vita reflects. She was friendly and kind. There was no difference to any other unknown girl i might have been talking to. And it was not a conversation within a couple of people looking for autographs but just between her an me at the Logo´s bar.
So, nowadays she´d made her way and became some kind of a little superstar living in California, but i guess she won´t change her character. As far as i have experienced throughout my own musical career playing with bands who are on their way up (or wellknown musicians on their way down), mostly they have not been very friendly but arrogant and superficial.
I think it is easy to be friendly to fans when you already have made your way and you are at the top of business, but it is question of a true character when you are able to show a good behavier although while you are ambitiously trying to make your way up and did´nt made it yet. That´s why i really like these "persons" Doro and Peter Baltes and the guys from Bullet. And it has nothing to do with their music. I do not buy CDs from Doro but i have got all the early Warlock albums, and i like the early Accept albums (just bought the new one this evening - sounds really good), but i haven´t bought any Accept album for about 15 years because i think that was more the less shit - friendly guy or not.

Don´t misunderstand me: concerning this topic i only liked to tell you who i met and what i think of him. And that was a predominantly good experience.

BTW: my brother in law had been voted to be germanys best rock keyboarder a few years ago. Together with his father he plays with Peter Maffay (don´t know if you know him, but he is an international superstar selling millions and millions of records worldwide every year, never playing live before less than 50.000 people and owning a few castles in Scotland and a finca on Mallorca where the whole crew is living). Pascal played with Joe Cocker at the Formula 1 Opening in Australia and toured with Jimmy Barnes. He had an offer to become a constant Member of Mother´s Finest while he played the german tour and recorded a live record with them. But last time i saw him might be 20 years ago and so i cannot tell you anything about how he´s doing today (concerning the character), but i can remenber that he said he wanted to become a carpenter like my father when he went to our local middle school at my home town(at the age of 16).
All i know is that he still has a very close contact to his mother who is living in Sweden with my father for now about 15 years. But i do not have much contact to them except on birthdays and X-mas. They are average people far from star business or earning lots of money. Just living from hand to mouth in their own built wooden house in the middle of the woods with nearly no contact to any kind of civilisation - except when my father is requested by Peter Maffay to built a new bar at the cellar of his mallorcinian finca...).

Yeah, that´s the difference: he did not come to my marriage 2 and half years ago and he did not accept my offer of 12.000 Euros to built a new terrace for our new house last year (including free lodging and meals). He says he won´t touch german ground for the rest of his life...
Yeah, that is what a son dreams of and expects from his father... (heroes...). My wife always says that is the reason for why i am like i am.. and she really hates him for that. But i am not too far away from him and i can understand many of his arguments, but i don´t think that makes it really better.
I really love his place in Sweden where i´ve been last time 7 years ago. It is a place of complete calmness and relaxing (our swedish mates sure know what i am talking about. It is in the middle of the woods between Bengtsfors and Arjäng). Grilling meat on an open fire at the lake´s shore in the evening without any kind of disturbance. I did that many times before with a friend or my former girl friends when there was nobody at home. But it all ended when my Dad retired and moved to his flat forever.
Sometimes he asks me to visit him again, but it is not easy to convince my wife and myself to follow that invitation. Maybe one day... i still miss that.

So that is what i can tell you about "my heroes"...

OK: i´ve met Dave and the guys twice backstage at Headbanger´s Ballroom in Hamburg and that was great, although i know they are musicians like me... with the projection of a few albums, ha ha ha... Smile

But they are all very smart and i am sure they won´t mind if i am going to release my own music... one day... maybe...

Cheers
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